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Detropia (Episode #1415)

KQED 9: Mon, May 27, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

Detroit was the birthplace of the middle-class; a great city that came with the guarantee of the American dream. Today, the Motor City is suffering from a bad case of post-industrialism. Hit with the deadly combination of myopic executives, corrupt politicians, severe racial tensions and a lack of innovation, Detroit now stands as a shell of its former self. And according to an increasingly loud chorus in the media, Detroit is "dead." But look a little closer and find that Detroit just may be the ultimate incubator for fresh ideas - a Petri dish of creativity borne out of frustration and unwillingness to give up. With quintessential American pluck and grit, this city just may rise from the ashes thanks to a dynamic cluster of innovators, entrepreneurs and proud, self-proclaimed "hustlers."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

Bhutto (Episode #1222H)

KQED World: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 4:00 PM

As the first Muslim woman to lead an Islamic nation, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto evolved from a pampered princess to a polarizing politician in one of the most dangerous countries on Earth. Accused of rampant corruption, imprisoned, then exiled abroad, Bhutto was called back to Pakistan in 2007 as her country's best hope for democracy. Struck down by assassins, her untimely death sent shock waves throughout the world.

Soul Food Junkies (Episode #1405)

KQED World: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 6:00 AM

Baffled by his dad's reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this culinary tradition and it's relevance to black cultural identity. The African American love affair with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. This film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences. Hurt looks at the socioeconomics of predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options and wonders if soul food has become an addiction in his community.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 12:00 PM

The Invisible War (Episode #1416)

KQED 9: Mon, May 13, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

This documentary investigates one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the US military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem - today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. Among all active-duty female soldiers, 20% are sexually assaulted. Female soldiers aged 18 to 21 accounted for more than half of the victims.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

Seeking Asian Female (Episode #1414)

KQED World: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 12:00 PM

Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman -- pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America.

A Village Called Versailles (Episode #1126)

KQED World: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Tucked away on the eastern edge of New Orleans, a community of Vietnamese refugees has thrived for 30 years in a neighborhood they call Versailles. This film recounts the residents successful fight against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill after Hurricane Katrina struck and transformed their neighborhood.

Seeking Asian Female (Episode #1414)

KQED Life: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman -- pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 6:00 AM

A Village Called Versailles (Episode #1126)

KQED World: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Tucked away on the eastern edge of New Orleans, a community of Vietnamese refugees has thrived for 30 years in a neighborhood they call Versailles. This film recounts the residents successful fight against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill after Hurricane Katrina struck and transformed their neighborhood.

Seeking Asian Female (Episode #1414)

KQED 9: Mon, May 6, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

Two strangers -- an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman -- pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, May 7, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Tue, May 7, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

A Village Called Versailles (Episode #1126)

KQED World: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

Tucked away on the eastern edge of New Orleans, a community of Vietnamese refugees has thrived for 30 years in a neighborhood they call Versailles. This film recounts the residents successful fight against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill after Hurricane Katrina struck and transformed their neighborhood.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 11:00 AM

The Undocumented (Episode #1413H)

KQED Life: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

Border Patrol agents, Native Americans, smugglers, ranchers, retirees and samaritans form a constellation of people engaged with the Arizona/Mexico border on a daily basis -- policing it, inhabiting it, crossing it, working it, making it safer or simply feeling its consequences. But at the center of it all is the migrant. "The Undocumented" tells the story of the migrants who die while trying to cross an unforgiving desert in search of a better life.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
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